First 13.1 on 10/23/10
First 26.2 on 04/28/12
Now, I'm running the race of a life time, beating cervical cancer. I had a hysterectomy on May 13th and here are my strides back.
Tuesday, November 30, 2010
That's Just Part of Being a Runner...Or Maybe Not?
A dirty little thing about running that most don't talk about...unless your me then nothing is off limits...is poop. I've learned they are called the Runners Trots or RT's as I like to call them. Sometimes you have them and other times you are free of this annoying little eh hem problem. It mostly effects distance runners. You can control it some what with diet-low fiber and no dairy before a run seems to work for me-and sometimes all you can do is pray that you don't get them. Sometimes you feel as if your ass will implode if you don't stop and try to drop a load and other times you can just clench it tight and keep on running. I always hope that I can just fart and it will help...but lets face it that has never happened. I've always feared that if I try to let some loose I will shiat myself and that is one thing I don't ever want to happen. Please just let me die before I poop my pants! Runners Trots its just part of being a runner...I remember the first time Matty told me he had it...I laughed and said welcome to the club your official now...well maybe I didn't say it out loud but I most certainly thought it.
I went quite sometime with out any problems but these last few runs its been a killer. I ran 10 miles on Sunday and not once did I feel the RT's but as soon as I stopped-thankfully a block from my house-they came on like freight train. And it hurt so bad I was in physical pain the rest of Sunday. And every time I went to the bathroom stuff came out and pretty much all day it was accompanied by blood...awesome! I've done lots of homework on this and have read this is so normal for runners especially the long distance runners. It has something to do with oxygen leaving that part of your body and going more to your heart. Then today, I did 6 on the TM. About mile 3 I started to get the pain and the gas, my last mile I had to clench and bear it, my last 400 meters I was afraid I was going to keel over in pain (so why do us runners keep going...I have no clue). As soon as I hit 6 I jumped off the TM and RAN to the bathroom and just in the nick of time too. And again this time more blood and lots of it but no pain. All the reading I have done says that even though the chance is that its absolutely nothing that when there is blood you need to see a doctor just to be safe. I'm debating it. I know if I just let this phase pass it will go away again...and then come back later, its what the RT's do! The logical part says go to the doctor, get the a-o-k and then stop worrying. But even the doctor scares me and its for the stupidest reason ever...I don't want my butt touched and I most certainly don't want anything put into my bum! And that's pretty much the reason why I don't go because something will have to be done to my exit only area... and it will only be so I can be told what I already know...runners trots! Why cant I get the other runners ailment...black and falling off toe nails?